General information on the project

General informationProject title

Developing alternative understandings of security and justice through restorative justice approaches in intercultural settings within democratic societies

Project period

1 February 2012 – 31 January 2016


KU Leuven, Belgium


European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), SEC-2011.6.5-1: Conflict resolution and mediation



The ALTERNATIVE project aims to provide an alternative and deepened understanding based on empirical evidence of how to handle conflicts within intercultural contexts in democratic societies in order to set up security solutions for citizens and communities.

In its methodology, it will combine theoretical research [on three large topics namely (1) alternative epistemologies of justice and security, (2) conflict intervention in intercultural contexts and (3) existing methods of restorative justice and their relevance in intercultural conflicts] with action research carried out in four different countries with different types, levels and settings of conflicts:

  • involving local and migrant residents in  social housing neighbourhoods in Austria
  • Roma and non-Roma inhabitants in a small town in Hungary
  • conflicts between Serbs, Albanians, Muslims and Croats in Serbia
  • three different kinds of conflicts with gangs, immigrants and different religious groups in Northern Ireland

These parts together produce a spectrum of theoretically grounded and empirically tested models of dealing with conflicts in intercultural settings by restorative justice processes.